RVG names final Malawi squad for Tanzania friendly

Ahead of the Malawi international friendly game away to Tanzania’s Taifa Stars this Saturday at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Coach Ronny Van Geneugden has named his final travelling squad with several new faces making the trip.

Malawi squad during training.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Among those in the new looking Flames squad is Mighty Be Foreward Wanderer’s winger Felix Zulu and Civil Sporting Club”s duo of Rightious Banda and Fletcher Bandawe.

Silver Striker’s goalkeeper Brighton Mhango also makes a comeback to the Flames squad alongside clubmate Levison Maganizo.

The Belgian tactitian has also kept the faith in Nyasa Big Bullet”s backlime of captain John Lanjesi, Yamikani Fodya and Miracle Gabeya.

Premier Bet Wizards who are without a win in as many games as possible are represented in the squad by their Captain Dennis Chembezi.

For the first time since RVG took charge of the team, Football Association of Malawi’s Technical Director John Kaputa will travel with the team as among the long list of RVG’s back room staff.

It is uderstood that Kaputa has not been in the good books of some officials within FAM’s hierarchy a development that has not gone well with some football quaters.

The Flames coach has maintained eight foreign-based players which he called for Morocco training camp.

Apart from injured captain Limbikani Mzava who is ruled out, foreign based players called for the match are goalkeeper Charles Swini, midfielders Robert Ng’ambi, Gerald Phiri Jnr, Dalitso Sailesi, Frank and John Banda, strikers Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango and Richard Mbulu.

Tanzania national football team coach Shabani Mayanga has named a strong squad comprising five foreign-based players for the friendly against Malawi.

The coach has called in his 22-player squad Belgium-based captain Mbwana Ally Samatta (KRC Genk), Abdi Banda (Baroka FC, South Africa), Hamis Abdallah (Sony Sugar, Kenya), Abdul Hilal (Tusker, Kenya) and Portugal-based striker Morel Orgenes.

Malawi last played Tanzania in June at the Council for Southern Africa Football Association (Cosafa) Cup, losing 2-0 in group stages.

The friendly match will be played during Fifa week for international matches expected to start today until Wednesday, October 11.

RVG wants to use the match as he tries to build a team that will face Morocco in African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier in March next year.


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